Can't push in horizontal nipples into PVC pipe... help please!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jbher, Aug 5, 2014.

  1. jbher

    jbher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 5 soloway horizontal nipples and I made my waterer yesterday. I'm using a 1" PVC pipe and I've seen others use the same thing with the same nipples. I drilled the holes exactly the size I read that I should (3/8). For the life of me (and my husband) - cannot get them in! We push and turn and push until our thumbs feel like they're going to fall off haha. Should I just drill the hole a little bigger? We can get them in half way and then they'll pop back out... so I really think the hole must be too small.
     
  2. ktn65

    ktn65 Out Of The Brooder

    Jen,

    I have not used these nipples a lot yet, but I have started testing them. One thing I noticed is the end that is inserted into the water source is actually threaded. So you push it as far as you can, then try twisting it in further. I know on my test setup, that is what I did. The nipples did not go all the way in flush, but do not leak and have not come out after about 1 week of use with the 8 birds that are using it.

    You mileage may very and I'm sure somebody more knowledgeable will happen along.

    Good luck
     
  3. scubaharry

    scubaharry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you using a thick wall box? May have to thread hole. :)
     
  4. jbher

    jbher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nope just a standard 1" PVC pipe. Sch 40.
     
  5. jbher

    jbher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok that's good to know yours aren't flush and don't leak. Maybe I just need to try to get them in as far as I can and then see what happens...
     
  6. jbher

    jbher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Using some clamps I got one flush but as soon as I release the clamp it pops out. I think I'm going to run to the store to find a T that I can screw it into. I think I've seen others do this too.
     
  7. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    Horizontal water nipples are to be screwed in....not pushed in. I hope you haven't ruined your threads on them...eek!
     
  8. jbher

    jbher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been attempting to screw them in until I took the clamps out. I firmly try to push while turning them. Nothing happens - not sure why... even my husband tried screwing them in - they don't bite and pull in like one would expect. And I have only attempted a few. Even when I take a brand new one and try it still doesn't screw in. I'm at a loss [​IMG]
     
  9. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    I just thought of something! I seem to recall here on the forum some time back another guy was having trouble screwing them .... into 1-inch PVC pipe!! Seems the curvature of the tube is so 'tight' they don't want to screw in properly.

    Try upping your pipe size to 1-1/2" .. I think you'll see a huge difference...just thinkin' [​IMG]
     
  10. jbher

    jbher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmmm that's definitely a thought... one of the guides I was following used 1" pipe with his but who knows. I'm worried now I've flattened a few rows of the threads ugh. I have the whole darn waterer ready to go except the nipples. I left them for last thinking it was the easiest step.
     

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